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Image credit: Euripides Laskarides
Image credit: Euripides Laskarides

Date: 26 May, 2016
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Fringe LAB

It’s time to think about those who are absent. It’s time to discuss how art and artists can reach across political, cultural, geographic and socio-economic divides and approach the urgent matters of today: migration, identity, mobility, territory – absence and silence. The time is now!

Create and Dublin Dance Festival invite an international panel of arts practitioners to discuss some of the issues which find expression in the 2016 Festival programme - through interdisciplinary collaborations and cross fertilisations of form, idea and inspiration.

Panel includes: Eckhard Thiemann, an independent international curator, producer and arts manager and Artistic Director of Shubbak, the London-wide festival of contemporary Arab culture; Karthika Naïr, an award-winning French-Indian poet and dance producer, and principal scriptwriter of Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh; and festival artist Euripides Laskaridis, a Greek stage director, short-filmmaker and performer (Relic).

Chair: Dr Sarah Tuck, former director Create and author of After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland.

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Philippa Donnellan trained in Contemporary Dance Technique at The Martha Graham School, New York, and gained an M.A in Dance Studies from Surrey University, UK. Philippa joined CoisCéim Dance Theatre in 2006 to set up Broadreach – access and participation programme. Under Broadreach, she has facilitated the development of residencies and partnerships projects with a number of leading Irish institutions. Philippa has also directed and choreographed a range of projects include creating new work for CoisCéim’s youth dance group Creative Steps.

Festival artist Euripides Laskaridis is a Greek stage director, short-filmmaker and performer. He founded the osmosis performing arts co in 2009. Two dominant themes run through his artistic identity: ridicule and transformation.


Karthika Naïr is an award-winning French-Indian poet and dance producer, and principal scriptwriter of Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh featured in this year’s DDF. She is the author of Bearings (HarperCollins India, 2009), a poetry collection  DESH: Memories, inherited, borrowed, invented(a dance diary; and The Honey Hunter/ Le Tigre de Miel , a children’s book illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet

Eckhard Thiemann is artistic director of Shubbak, a window on contemporary Arab culture , a programmer and curator. Amongst Thiemann’s previous positions:  artistic programme director at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth; curator of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival; curator for the season African Crossroads for Dance Umbrella, He was also  one of six producers of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.

Dr Sarah Tuck is an arts and cultural practitioner. Her research and practice is based within the area of socially engaged and public art practice and theory. Her work in this area has included curation of the 8th edition of Ulster University Festival of Art and Design 2016;  She was director Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, and  is the author of After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland (2015), a curated research project which explores the affective meanings of images and the socio-political context of post Agreement. 

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